Chariho School Parents’ Forum

February 27, 2009

Chariho’s reply

Please find linked below the reply sent to the Supreme Court by Chariho – and the accompanying attachments – 120+ pages for your viewing pleasure (I’m sure glad Jon Anderson agreed to do this for Chariho for no additional funds over his retainer!  Although, I hear they are looking for an additional attorney – I wonder if that means we have a rebate coming).

Brief of Respondent

Appendix to Brief



  1. This is hilarious. Is it safe to say Mr. Anderson is taking this a tad personally? Perhaps he is confused and thinks he will be before the U.S. Supreme Court?

    Just printing 120 pages is likely to use up his retainer. I still have to wonder if the retainer will be completely depleted upon the conclusion of this case?

    At some level I’d like to see Mr. Anderson prevail only to have the Hopkinton Town Council than appoint Mr. Felkner back on the School Committee. I wonder if his retainer will still apply to the next court case?

    Sorry, but I can read through 120 pages trying to justify stealing my vote. If anyone has the time or patience, please let us know if there is anything worth considering in Mr. Anderson’s tome.

    If the ability to blather on endlessly is of any value, then Mr. Anderson can’t lose.

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 27, 2009 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  2. Mr. Felkner,

    It was good to see you at Operation Clean Government’s State of the State taping last evening. I would think that Sunday morning at 8 am I believe on RI -13 (if cox cable) service (check your cable menu) will have you speaking the truth about all you have learned, what you’re about/OSPRI, the origin of OSPRI,etc. The Etc being Mr. Caprio having the online checkbook for the State of Rhode Island regarding transparency. You may want to respond to what questions you tried to answer during the viewing. Though I try as I’m sure many of us bloggers do in trying to follow the bouncing ball, or connect the dots. You are really showing class, and like any reasoned person know that no one agrees all the time. Though I was there in person, I look forward to seeing your site grow on Ocean State Policy Research Institute and all the towns using the site and searching and gleaning all there is to offer.

    I thought I knew a lot about your inner workings (OSPRI) and your site and who you are, yet I only realized that you have other dimensions of OSPRI that I learned about. Its amazing how you are just trying to bring common sense back into the equation. If others disagree, I’m willing to be learned and i would guess that Felkner is as well.

    Ocean State Policy Research Institute is a place where anyone that has a relative or knows someone in the state in a different city or town can spread the word/demand and get their communities involved in the Transparency Train. Google it or have your friends google it. Spread the word.

    Again we (and I mean you and I) won’t always agree Mr Felkner that is human nature and I’m sure you understand. I will however, know, when the whistle blows, I know it’s (Transparency Train) is coming through the Town of Hopkinton (RI). The air of honesty, transparency will have just blown through my graying white hair.

    Again, Great Job Mr. William Felkner. I learned a lot and will watch again Sunday morning at 8 am. (RI 13 I believe), I will check the Cox Cable Menu and take (notes).

    (RI) Supreme Court on the 9th of March. Until then to everyone at OSPRI, thanks for looking out for the State Citizenry and its municipalities.

    Kudo’s to the Techies and the Scholars. You’re doing a brilliant job and giving faith to wanting to support young folks like yourselves. Your standing.

    I hope $100 donations (if not higher) are flowing in on a regular basis.
    I know your a tax deductable organization. A positive write off.

    Be Well Tri Town Voters.

    Comment by James Hirst — February 27, 2009 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  3. Watching this week’s School Committee meeting and of course I have my commentary. For once I get to say something positive. Mrs. Carney asked for a rules change requesting agenda item information be delivered to committee members in a more timely fashion. Specifically it was noted in one instance the School Committee received a large packet of budget information just prior to a meeting. Obviously it is impossible to digest and vote responsibly if you do not have an opportunity to thoroughly review information in which you will be voting on. Mr. Ricci tried to steer the committee away from a formal rule, but the majority voted in favor of Mrs. Carney’s common sense motion.

    Booby Petit, Airhead Serra and Billy-boob Day opposed the motion. This kind of makes sense seeing the three of them are probably the dumbest committee members…okay, Fat Andy qualifies too, but had a moment of clarity…and they probably don’t understand much of anything even if they have a year to review it.

    Oh, and what’s up with Ms. Serra…she looks terrible. It’s like she aged 10 years since last year.

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 28, 2009 @ 2:42 am | Reply

  4. The most comical part of this whole thing is that this is all taken so seriously. A handful of votes elected several members, less than a 100 for several more. It’s not like BF is trying to be Sec of the Treasury and Chairman of the Fed Reserve. Hopkinton and Chariho’s emminent domain power issues, talk about a stretch.

    This horse has been well beaten, hopefully it will be decided on Thurs and we can be done with it.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — February 28, 2009 @ 3:20 am | Reply

  5. We should rename Chariho………..

    I suggest “The Great Ricci Mushroom Farm”

    Comment by RS — February 28, 2009 @ 6:23 am | Reply

  6. #5 Your given him to much credit, his predecessor lead the towns to financial ruin along with rubber stamp committee members. Like Andy P or not and he has supporters (teachers union) and detractors (taxpayers) which is only normal, he can think for himself on occasion which is more than some of the sycophants can do. The Petit fella is a burden on you Hopkinton Folks.

    I get the Keep in the Dark and feed em BS, point made. Potatoe Pickers and Pasta Packers (Westerly) back in the day. The Potatoe Pickers have been forced out of town by the CLAN of CHARIHO.

    Comment by rico — February 28, 2009 @ 9:53 am | Reply

  7. Regarding #1. He should take it personally then again he is only a Rhode Island Lawyer at Chariho. Rhode Island has the most lawyers per capita in the country last I read. If he was any good he wouldn’t be around Chariho he would be doing substantial work/lawyering. Mr. Earle had it all over this guy. A sad loss. He schooled the three towns endlessly.

    Comment by rico — February 28, 2009 @ 9:57 am | Reply

  8. Hi!
    An interesting case. What I continue to find interesting only the Hopkinton Town Council can fill a school committee vacancy, and formally accept the resignation; and they do not consider a vacancy from Hopkinton on the school committee has happened. These court documents CONTINUE to ignore the fact that school committee members in the past actually submitted written letters of resignation when they were elected to the town councils, which I understand happened when Safford and Avedesian were elected to the Charlestown Town Council in 2004,. I recall in Connecticut; boards and commissions many which are elected, unlike Rhode Island; fill their own vacancies, but I want to check that fact out. I plan to be at the Rhode Island Supreme Court on March 9TH,.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — February 28, 2009 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  9. Are you sure it was Ms. Serra you were looking at and not Billy?

    Comment by Laurie — February 28, 2009 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  10. Thanks for the kind words, James. I am blessed to do what I do and very much love my job! It was fun to do the show – a half hour goes by very quickly.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — February 28, 2009 @ 11:41 am | Reply

  11. Mr. Hirst #8 its great that you are supporting or having faith in the case and Mr. Felkner but I don’t know what you can do. The law is the law!

    Is James Hirst a cousin or nephew or what. He’s done some good stuff like yourself. I may not always agree but he only prints/writes and references what he has from media sources. Anyway hopefully the tri town taxpayers start wagging the tail (Chariho School District) and not the other way around.

    Comment by rico — February 28, 2009 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

  12. Tried to look up some legislative bills using OSPRI’s Transparency Train. I tried last week as well. Perhaps I am doing something wrong, but I’ve been unable to access legislative bills from the OSPRI website. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 28, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  13. you get to them through the Transparency Train – or directly at

    we have all the bills up but currently doing descriptions and categorization.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — February 28, 2009 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  14. when you get there – hit advanced search and then by bill number if thats what you’re looking for

    Comment by Bill Felkner — February 28, 2009 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  15. Hi!
    James Hirst is my brother and only sibling for those that do not know.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — February 28, 2009 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  16. Okay, got through somewhat. Directed to R.I. Votes website. Then entered “Senate Bill 66” into search field. This came up:

    “2009 Senate Bill 66
    [Comments on this legislation] [Post new comment] [Text and Analysis] [Add to Watch List]
    [Previous] [Next]

    Introduced by Sen. William A. Walaska (D) on January 22, 2009.
    Referred to the Senate Labor Committee on January 22, 2009”

    Then I clicked on Text and Analysis to get details and I get a blank page. I’m doing something wrong no doubt, but knowing a successful website needs to be extremely use friendly, I figured it’s worth considering if there is a problem.

    Booby Petit went through a huge list of legislative bills. Many Chariho School Committee members voiced opposition to legislation mandating a Town Council member on school contract negotiating committees. I think it is Senate Bill 66? I think the legislation sounds great (although unable to access it I can’t say for sure), especially for a school like Chariho where towns with significantly different tax burdens each bring their own agenda to the process.

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 28, 2009 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  17. CR, I will have Parker look into it – text should be available too. Thanks for the heads up

    Comment by Bill Felkner — February 28, 2009 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  18. Direct source for bill information….

    Comment by RS — February 28, 2009 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  19. Ref #8 – The difference between Charlestown and Hopkinton is that Charlestown’s Town Charter is very clear that dual office holding is not allowed therefore when Greg Avidisian and Forester Safford were elected to the Charlestown Town Council they were required to resign their SC seats. The comparison is not the same. To me, the main issue is that since neither the Chariho Act nor the Hopkinton Town Charter mentions that dual office holding is not allowed and other charters forbid it, Bill Felkner is well within his rights to hold both seats.

    Comment by CharihoParent — February 28, 2009 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  20. There you have it. Hopkinton you wanted him by your electorate and you should have him.

    Comment by rico — March 1, 2009 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  21. As part of Mr. Felkners request for Transparency is many other taxpayers who support his OSPRI mission.

    I believe I have written/blogged before about OSPRI or this site wanting transparency.

    A people’s Forum penned by then Richmond Town Council Members, W. Michael Sullivan (now to my understanding Dept of Environmental Maangement Head for Rhode Island) and also Mr. Stephen Albanese (an insurance gentleman who later resigned from the Richmond Democratic Committee as /to my limited knowledged left due to work requirements.

    Dated February 28, 1990 (blogger note, the most recent Economic/Financial downturn is also noted in 1990-91 in Rhode Island)

    ALLOCATION OF CHARIHO FUNDS IS LACKING: (W. Michael Sullivan and Steven Albanese, Richmond, RI,the writers are both members of the Richmond Town Council.)

    We should all be concerned citizens when it comes to our Chariho School. The Chariho budget as presented will dramatically increase your taxes and the average household debt. Is the budget excessive or is it adequate? Is the budget designed to provide jobs or is it intended to provide your children an education?

    The proposed budget does not reflect the cost or quality of our children’s education. It is not our intention to urge you to cut programs in our school system or to ask you to reject the entire budget. The budget designed to provide our children an education.

    Emerging from a budget year that contained an increase of almost 20 percent, a budget increase of 31 percent for next year is totally unacceptable. We are willing to recognize there is appoximately $2 million for debt service included in the 21 percent increase. But try as you may to ignore the cost of the Middle School there still remains a 22 percent increase in the operations budget’s bottom line. This budget presents an average increase of more than 20 per cent in each of the last two years. Has your salary shown the same increase? Inflation and improved facilities can account for a portion of the increase but we must ask: How has the rest of the money been invested? Has it been invested in our children? We think not.

    We are being asked to spend slightly more than $9 million dollars of the total budget on instruction in 1990-91. Direct instructional expenditures increased 20 percent last year but will decline 3 percent next year.
    Special services programs such as limited English proficiency, resource, gifted student and pre school programs have projected expenditures that expand by only 5 perecent over the two year period. However the line item for (blogger note Capped for Significance)ADMINISTRATION INCREASES BY 10.5 PERCENT AND FIXED COSTS-TEACHER BENEFITS , RETIRMENT, INSURANCE, ETC INCREASES APPROXIMATELY 30% OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

    Do the budget line items really reflect how our money is spent? Funds listed under General Support (the line that includes athletics and transportation funds, among other things)include some Admistration funds. The Chariho System Administrative Salaries and School Administration costs are contained within this line item. They increase by approximately 23 percent in the two year budget history. (This is the same line item where the extra $200,000 in bus money was appropriated to last year.) (Blogger Note, CAPPED FOR EMPHASIS, BUDGET INCREASES HAVE NOT BEEN IN THE ESSENTIAL AREA-INSTRUCTIONAL EXPENDITURES!

    The Chariho budget as contructed recommends sending less than 50 percent of our funds on children’s instruction. The majority of funds are now spent on Support and Administrative Items. We must insist upon a change in budget allocations. Our children deserve more than the amount given for Sipport and Admistrative Services. We hope to see as many taxpayers as possible at the financial meeting.
    You can make a difference.

    Authors: W. Michael Sullivan and Steven Albanese, Rihcmond, R.I (the writers are both of the Richmond Town Council.( W. Michael Sullivan is now the Head of Department of Enviromental Management)

    Wsterly Sun noted in February 28, 1990, People’s Forum.

    Comment by James Hirst — March 1, 2009 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  22. And the beat goes on. 1990 would be soon after Chariho took control of the Elementary Schools with a promise of reduced costs through efficiencies in administration and other contractual obligations. Although reality is ignored by the majority, government defines success by government growth rather than profit. It was inevitable that ceding control to government bodies further removed from the voters was a sure bet to increase costs, not decrease. As we’ve seen with Chariho, it’s played out exactly as any Friedman economist would have foretold.

    Now we hear the drumbeat around the state of consolidate, consolidate, consolidate. Wrong, wrong, wrong…ceding more control to the state will make things worse, not better. Yes, theoretically efficiencies could improve, but you’d have to be a Richmond voter to think our state politicians are going to act more responsibly than our local politicians. At least at the local level our loud voices can be heard (even if ignored), but if you think you have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting Rod Driver or Brian Kennedy to listen to you once they have the power, you should immediately buy a house in Richmond.

    As usual, great research by Mr. James Hirst.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 1, 2009 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  23. Brian Kennedy has done nothing for Hopkinton yet get credits for a pension and his ole stumplin,bunblin ole man Ron who claims to live Florida with his Florida License plates on his vehicle and struts around like some towns garbage yet is the moderator in Ashaway Fire District should fire both him and the gentelman Guinnee Nacarratto. They can be the clowns to anyone’s party. Their nose hairs when they sneeze look like party favors. Lets get this right, Mageau and Polouski in Charlestown, Day and only Day (twice the toxin) and Double Douche of Kennedy’s in Hopkinton. Its not pretty in the towns.

    Comment by rico — March 1, 2009 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  24. The loser old man Ron was adopted as his parents had no use for him. Not proud to say that as we in our most recent generation sad to say were adopted. Yah, Ron Strut and puff garbage never found a home and Stub town Road (Town Dump) or on Oak Street. Bring toilet paper when he struts or chooses to talk. Another Hopkinton embarrassment.
    Hey Hopkinton, if you want to knock everyone else, look at your own Kennedy Trash. I thought the DEAD KENNEDY’s where a rock band, not a douche bag and his old man from Hopkinton.

    Hopkinton us an enbarassment.

    Comment by Freda — March 1, 2009 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  25. I don’t know the father, but Brian Kennedy must have gotten elected because ignorant voters thought he was a member of the Camelot Kenndedys. He was elected as a mere boy…kind of like Hopkinton’s version of Andy McQuaide. He has no responsibility for a family which I know of…meaning he has no common experiences with most Hopkinton taxpayers. I heard his employment is as some kind of real estate appraiser…and suspect most of his income is derived from his political connections rather than pulling himself up by the bootstraps like most successful people.

    Hopkinton does keep electing this guy with practically no real life experiences. He’s spent most of his life as a politician. I guess we have our share of fools in Hopkinton. Perhaps the same people who approved the re-voted Chariho bond the second time around?

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 1, 2009 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  26. Why else would he make sure to go by Brian Patrick if not to make the fools in Hopkinton think he’s part of the Kennedy clan?

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 1, 2009 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  27. Hopkinton voters are dopes and are Hopkinton Trash. The real Irish Trash of the Kennedy’s are from Ireland and that Trash made their money during prohibition. The Kennedy Clan has had multiple well deserved tradgedies. If they didn’t steal there way to wealth. Iit would be would you like, Do you want salt , pepper, or ketchup with that order.

    Irish Trash, only. Mary Jo we hardly knew you.

    Comment by Freda — March 1, 2009 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  28. The slumalot or Cumalotknow just American Trash.

    Comment by Freda — March 1, 2009 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  29. Freda,
    Throwing out this sort of garbage does not do anyone any good. It only puts your posts even lower than those who constantly want to throw out barbs at Richmond and Charlestown taxpayers.

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 1, 2009 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  30. You’ll also offend those who have Christian values.

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 1, 2009 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

  31. I don’t recall barbs against Charlestown voters? They vote their wallet. I might vote the same way if I lived there. It’s not their fault Richmond voters, and sometimes Hopkinton voters, are dumb enough to go along with them and prop-up a failing and expensive school system.

    Perhaps someday Richmond will actually deny Chariho everything they ask for…I won’t be holding my breath, but anything is possible.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 1, 2009 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  32. A barb is any obviously open or cutting remark. I’m know many Charlestown voters take offense to statements inferring some sort of wealth. Just because the author of the statement does not see it as a bard does not mean that it is not a barb.

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 2, 2009 @ 4:40 am | Reply

  33. Representative Kennedy is a graduate(product) of Chariho, so those of you who trash him must look at the source. Could it be he is a product of his environment……how can you defend the educational system at Chariho, yet trash one of its products? Kinda like kissing your sister hey.

    Comment by RS — March 2, 2009 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  34. I’m an equal opportunity trasher (EQT). I have little regard for Kennedy and Chariho. They both fail to do their job in the best interests of our community.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 2, 2009 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  35. By the same token, how can one trash the educational system yet praise one of it’s products?

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 2, 2009 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  36. It is also my understanding that the town clerks of Hopkinton, Richmond and Charlestown are also all products of the same educational system. I’m sure there are other notables within our communities, as well.

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 2, 2009 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  37. One more that I forgot, Eric Lutes.

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 2, 2009 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  38. Never heard of him.

    Comment by RS — March 2, 2009 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  39. It is a fallacious argument to point to individuals who succeed despite obstacles…in this case, a Chariho education. Besides, while some of us voice a desire to see Chariho improve, this does not mean other government schools are doing a good job…they are not. My criticisms of Chariho are based on current performance. There may have been a time when Chariho did provide a decent education.

    Mr. Lutes is an actor. I’m not an avid reader of People magazine so I probably don’t hold up the profession to the same level of esteem as others. Mr. Lutes could very well be the next Albert Einstein, but I am not impressed with his job as an actor. I’m sure Chariho has many graduates with more noteworthy achievements.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 2, 2009 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

  40. Just dropping by.Btw, you website have great content!

    Have You Ever Stayed Awake at Night Stressing About Whether or Not Your Marriage Will Last … And What You Can Possibly Do to Save It?

    Comment by Skylar — March 3, 2009 @ 2:31 am | Reply

  41. What is being said by other posters is that some will also fail despite an educational system that was perhaps better in their performance, while holding double sessions, such as when Brian P. Kennedy was attending Chariho. Once more, the arguments go both ways but it’s only ok when certain individuals present them for their benefit. One says it, the other swears by it. Perhaps someone isn’t an avid reader of People magazine (possibly reading comprehension problems?) but can only listen to the TV show by the same name. While I prefer not to waste my time on either the magazine or the TV show.

    Comment by CharihoParent — March 3, 2009 @ 5:57 am | Reply

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